Serve

Opportunities to Impact Our Community and the World

Worship

Make our worship experience meaningful and welcoming

Bible Bearer

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Bible Bearer

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Carry the lectionary Bible into the worship service in the procession and carry it out in the recessional.

Crucifer

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Crucifer

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Carry the cross in the processional and recessional.

Acolyte

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Acolyte

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Light candles and receive the offering during the offertory.

Reader

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Reader

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Read the first and second lessons and occasionally lead the psalm in the worship service.

Communion Assistant

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Communion Assistant

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Participate in the processional and recessional and pour the wine during communion.

Communion Presenter

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Communion Presenter

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Ideally, a serve opportunity for our youngest (3 years old-5th grade)! Carry the bread and wine forward with the ushers when they bring up the offering. Instructions and a signup sheet can be found on the kiosk in the Commons.

Assisting Minister

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Assisting Minister

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Assist the Pastor with the prayers, set the Communion table and deliver Communion to the people who remain in pews.

Usher

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Usher

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Distribute worship bulletins, collect the offering, direct people to the communion rail and provide security during the worship service.

Greeter

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Greeter

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Greet worshipers as they enter the church at each entrance. Great opportunity for couples and families to do together!

Altar Guild

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Altar Guild

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Set up the communion elements before worship and then clean the dishes and glasses and chancel area following the worship services.

Sound Tech & Recordings

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Sound Tech & Recordings

Sunday 8:15 and 10:45 am

Manage the sound system during worship and major events.

Wash Robes & Albs

Ongoing

Wash Robes & Albs

Ongoing

Wash worship robes/albs monthly. Check the robes frequently so they can be washed more, if needed.

Children’s Worship Baskets

Ongoing

Children’s Worship Baskets

Ongoing

Come in anytime during the week to sort through and prepare worship baskets for children.

Music Ministry

Share your talent with our church in worship

Chorister Choir

Wednesdays 5:00 pm

Chorister Choir

Wednesdays 5:00 pm

The Chorister choir for our 3rd-6th graders sings one to two times a month in worship during the school year. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45 pm.

Cherub Choir

Wednesdays 5:00 pm

Cherub Choir

Wednesdays 5:00 pm

Our Cherub Choir for Kindergarten- 2nd grade sings the 3rd Sunday of every month at 8:15 am worship on even months and 10:45 am on odd months during the school year. Rehearsals are held from 5:00-5:45 pm on Wednesdays.

Adult Choir

Wednesdays 7:10-8:10 pm

Adult Choir

Wednesdays 7:10-8:10 pm

The Adult Choir (for ages high school and up) sings every Sunday (except the first Sunday of the month) at 8:15 am worship on odd months and 10:45 am on even months during the school year. New voices are always welcomed!

Spirit Ringer Handbells

Thursdays 6:30-7:45 pm

Spirit Ringer Handbells

Thursdays 6:30-7:45 pm

Spirit Ringers is an advanced handbell choir for high school age on up who plays the 3rd Sunday of each month during the school year for both 8:15 and 10:45 am worship services. Youth bells are scheduled as a short term group.

Vocal/Instrumental Solos & Ensembles

Ongoing

Vocal/Instrumental Solos & Ensembles

Ongoing

Make a short term commitment to offer your musical talents in worship through small group ensembles or even as a solo! We have a jazz band, orchestra, full band and string, brass and wind ensembles – just to name a few! We also have short-term vocal opportunities including solos, small groups and men’s and women’s choirs. Anyone middle school age to the oldest is invited to share their talents!

Teach and Mentor

Impact the next generation with the love of Christ

Vacation Bible School Volunteer

Annually in the Summer

Vacation Bible School Volunteer

Annually in the Summer

There are so many options for a VBS Volunteer! Help with decorating, registration, crafts, games, music, storytelling, snacks, drama. Be a group leader or maybe you have another gift or talent that we can put to use. If you want to help, we will find a place for you during our week long summer program!

FaithTrek Guide

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

FaithTrek Guide

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

FaithTrek Guides serve as facilitators for the Sunday morning learning hour (Sunday School). A team of guides are assigned a specific age group, 3 year olds through 5th grade, with two adults serving each Sunday. Curriculum, training and support provided.

Middle School Learning Leader

Sundays 9:30-10:30 am

Middle School Learning Leader

Sundays 9:30-10:30 am

To serve as a Middle School Learning Leader on Sundays (9:30-10:30 am) is a privileged opportunity to engage with adolescents, who are growing as disciples, at the intersection of their faith and the world around them. The role of learning leader is more of a facilitator of a conversation than an expert in religion. Middle Schoolers spend the years learning about how their faith impacts the world around them. Training provided.

High School Learning Leader

Sundays 9:30-10:30 am

High School Learning Leader

Sundays 9:30-10:30 am

To serve as a High School Learning Leader on Sunday mornings is a privileged opportunity to engage with teens, who are growing as disciples, at the intersection of their faith and the world around them. The role of learning leader is more of a facilitator of a conversation than an expert in religion. High Schoolers spend the year deepening their faith and discipleship from questions they have proposed as topics they would like to learn about. Training provided.

Hunger and Clothing

Be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need

CROP Walk

2nd Sunday of October 1:00 pm

CROP Walk

2nd Sunday of October 1:00 pm

The CROP Hunger Walk provides food, water and resources that empower people to meet their own needs locally and around the world. Each year, First Lutheran organizes a team to walk in this event to raise money for local and international hunger relief programs. First Lutheran was the host of the local CROP Walk in 2018 and is again in 2019! Join us on Sunday, October 13, at 1:00 pm at First Lutheran!

Volunteer to help with the 2019 Lincoln CROP Walk

Sign up as a walker or support a walker

Lutheran Food Pantry

Ongoing

Lutheran Food Pantry

Ongoing

Donate non-perishable food and personal care items to be distributed by the Lutheran Food Pantry at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. The Pantry provides food for local agencies, individuals and families in need.

Bridges to Hope

Ongoing

Bridges to Hope

Ongoing

Bridges to Hope, a program of the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA, assists men and women as they transition from correctional facilities back into the community by providing furniture, clothing and household goods. To donate clothing, furniture or other items, call 402-420-5696. Warehouse assistance is always appreciated.

Fresh Start

Ongoing

Fresh Start

Ongoing

Fresh Start Home is a transitional shelter for up to 24 homeless women. Donations of household items, clothing and gifts for the Daisy Gift Shop and Sunday night meals are ways we partner with Fresh Start.

Matt Talbot Outreach Kitchen

3rd Tuesday & Wednesday

Matt Talbot Outreach Kitchen

3rd Tuesday & Wednesday

Matt Talbot Outreach Kitchen provides a variety of hunger, education and outreach programs. First Lutheran partners with them by providing a noon meal the third Tuesday of each month. Donate fruit and dessert items for the monthly meal or help serve the meal. Help is also needed with advance meal preparation (third Monday at 10:00 am at church).

Sign Up to Help Serve a Meal

Food Bank Food Market at Lincoln High

4th Wednesday 2:30-4:00 pm

Food Bank Food Market at Lincoln High

4th Wednesday 2:30-4:00 pm

The Food Bank of Lincoln provides Food Markets at the middle and high schools. First Lutheran’s team of volunteers at the Lincoln High Food Market sets out food, directs and supports students through the market and helps pack up leftover food.

Food Bank BackPack Program

Fridays During School Year 3:15 pm

Food Bank BackPack Program

Fridays During School Year 3:15 pm

We take feeding the hungry seriously. Every Friday children who qualify are given a food-filled backpack through the Lincoln Food Bank BackPack Program. We are sponsors of the program, covering the cost and distributing the backpacks, at two Lincoln Public elementary schools. Volunteering on a Friday takes no more than an hour of your time and you can sign up for any Friday that works with your schedule!

Sign Up to be a BackPack Volunteer

Bread for the World

Ongoing

Bread for the World

Ongoing

We are a Bread for the World Congregation advocating for just policies, raising awareness, educating ourselves on the need for global food security and praying for an end to hunger at home and abroad. Advocate for food assistance by writing letters to your elected state and federal representatives.

Meals on Wheels

Sundays 10:30 am

Meals on Wheels

Sundays 10:30 am

Tabitha’s Meals on Wheels brings a warm, nutritious noon meal and a once a day check-in from the delivery volunteer. First Lutheran has regular routes on Sundays. Volunteer as a family to help with a route! Routes are available every day of the week. Contact Tabitha for a route that works for you.

Kicks for Kids

Annual

Kicks for Kids

Annual

Kicks for Kids is an annual project in the fall (usually in October) that provides new shoes and socks for elementary aged children identified by their teachers. Take a tag, which matches a specific child, purchase the needed items and return them to the church for distribution.

Our 2019 Kicks for Kids drive will kick off October 20. We hope to provide more than 231 pairs of new shoes and socks. Look for the display in the Commons and pick up a tag for a child. Shoes and socks must be returned by November 3 so they can be delivered to the child.

Care Ministry

Show compassion to those in need

Funeral Lunches

Ongoing

Funeral Lunches

Ongoing

Help provide and/or serve a funeral lunch as we assist families in grief by providing a place to gather and fellowship with family and friends.

Casserole Caravan

As Needed

Casserole Caravan

As Needed

Casserole Caravan delivers a meal or treat to a family or individual recovering from illness or surgery, welcoming a new baby or families who are dealing with a death and/or family crisis.

Prayer Shawls & Afghans

Ongoing

Prayer Shawls & Afghans

Ongoing

Combine a love of knitting or crocheting to create prayer shawls and afghans for those in need of comfort, as well as in celebration and joy. Want to join a group of stitchers for fellowship and stitching time? Come to Keeping God’s People in Stitches the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. Not a stitcher? Be a delivery person taking a shawl or afghan to someone in need.

Stephen Ministry

Ongoing

Stephen Ministry

Ongoing

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one Christian caring relationship for anyone who is going through a rough patch, pain or struggle in life. It’s not a ministry of giving answers, rather it’s a ministry of listening with care, asking reflective questions and “holding space” for someone else. Training is provided for caregivers. Do you know of someone who could benefit from having a Stephen Minister? We always accept referrals.

Visitation Ministry

Ongoing

Visitation Ministry

Ongoing

Share your time and provide a bright spot in the day of a homebound or hospitalized member with conversation, prayer and support. First Lutherans’s pastors will refer individuals for you to visit.

Eucharistic Ministry

Ongoing

Eucharistic Ministry

Ongoing

When members are not able to receive Holy Communion at church, Eucharistic Ministers bring the blessed bread and wine to them so they may be strengthened through their participation in the body of Christ.

Grief Support

Ongoing

Grief Support

Ongoing

Grief, after the death of a loved one, is hard to go through alone. We offer a 6-week grief support class several times a year with books and resources that others have found helpful.

Global Ministry

Serve and partner around the world

Tanzania Health Projects

Ongoing

Tanzania Health Projects

Ongoing

Working with the Northern Lutheran Diocese of Tanzania, through prayer and financial support, First Lutheran supports two student nurses and has helped with other health projects, such as Houses for Health. Donations are always appreciated.

Quilting for Lutheran World Relief

4th Thursday 9:00 am

Quilting for Lutheran World Relief

4th Thursday 9:00 am

A quilt brings warmth on a cold night, shelter from the sun, creates a bed or room divider. Quilts assembled throughout the year are shipped to Lutheran World Relief for distribution at home or abroad. Quilters and donations of specific materials are appreciated. Previous quilting experience is not needed to participate.

Fair Trade

Ongoing

Fair Trade

Ongoing

Help with sales or purchasing Fair Trade products which support the farmers who produce them. Products are normally available for sale the first Sunday of the month, but are also available any time the church office is open. Coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate bars and olive oil are available.

AMMPARO and Guardian Angels

Ongoing

AMMPARO and Guardian Angels

Ongoing

AMMPARO (Accompanying Minor Migrants with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) is an initiative of the ELCA that welcomes migrant families in worship, by listening to their stories, praying for/with them, sharing the gospel, providing emotional, pastoral and spiritual support, staying up-to-date on current situations of migrant children/families and advocating for justice. Learn about how you can also be trained to be a juvenile immigration watcher through the Guardian Angel program.

Learn More About AMMPARO and Guardian Angels

 

Immigrant & Refugee Support

Ongoing

Immigrant & Refugee Support

Ongoing

Work with refugee resettlement and other immigrant support programs. Donate furniture and household items, provide transportation, help with school work, provide support navigating systems or be a friend and enjoy building a relationship with a newcomer.

Special Events

Help plan one-time or annual events

Fellowship Events

2nd Tuesday 5:30 pm

Fellowship Events

2nd Tuesday 5:30 pm

Plan and implement fellowship events throughout the year. The Fellowship committee meets monthly to plan events such as Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Dinner, congregational picnic, Easter breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt, Advent and Lenten meals and so much more.

God’s Work Our Hands.

Ongoing

God’s Work Our Hands.

Ongoing

God’s Work Our Hands is a national serve event of the ELCA, usually held in September. The assignment is to share God’s love through service. First Lutheran has held a God’s Work Our Hands serve day for a number of consecutive years – with hundreds of volunteers serving. In 2019-2020, our God’s Work Our Hands will be an ongoing serve ministry with opportunities to serve many agencies and programs throughout the year. Look for serve opportunities coming your way!

 

Gifts of Hope Alternative Gift Market

1st Weekend of December

Gifts of Hope Alternative Gift Market

1st Weekend of December

“Giving with a Cause” is the foundation of the Gifts of Hope Alternative Gift Market. Give a gift that keeps on giving by purchasing Fair Trade products, ELCA Good Gifts, a Food Bank BackPack and other quality gift items at the annual market. In the past, over $10,000 has been raised at our Gifts of Hope market for important ministries and programs. Planning help is always needed, as well as volunteers during the market.

Watch a video of the 2018 Gifts of Hope Market

Occasional Serve Opportunities

One-time or short-term commitments to serve

Usher for Funerals

Ongoing

Usher for Funerals

Ongoing

Help at funerals by serving as an an usher and welcoming family and friends during a time of sadness.

Nursery Coverage

Ongoing

Nursery Coverage

Ongoing

Provide coverage in our nursery during Sunday worship and/or the learning hour (9:30-10:30 am). We also need occasional coverage in the nursery for special events during the week.

Office Support

Ongoing

Office Support

Ongoing

Helping with mass mailings, making phone calls or providing office coverage on Mondays are just a few of the ways you can help support our office staff.

Bulletin Crew

Weekly

Bulletin Crew

Weekly

Help assemble bulletins for Sunday worship. Commit to 1-2 hours on a Thursday evening or Friday during office hours. You can select your own hours.

General Maintenance & Property Projects

Ongoing

General Maintenance & Property Projects

Ongoing

Painting, yard work, minor repairs, moving furniture and cleaning projects keep our building safe, welcoming and beautiful. Help is always needed in this area!

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